Thread City Crossing Bridge, Willimantic

Thread City Crossing Bridge, Willimantic

The town of Windham, located in northeastern Connecticut, is in the southwestern corner of Windham County along the Natchaug River. Incorporated in 1692, Windham originally included the current towns of Mansfield and Scotland, as well as parts of Chaplin and Hampton. It was not until 1857, when the last of these areas incorporated, that Windham took on its current shape. The town of Windham includes the city of Willimantic, which consolidated  with Windham upon the dissolution of the city government in 1983. Named after Wyndam, England, the town’s early industry included numerous mills that brought Windham renown as a leader in thread manufacturing. Today Windham is known primarily for its university (Eastern Connecticut State University), located in the Willimantic section of town.

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Bridge Ornaments Help Tell the Legend of the Windham Frog Fight

One June night in 1754, Windham residents awoke to a dreadful sound, the source of which has inspired tall tales ever since.  …[more]

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